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A roadmap that reveals the highways, byways, ley lines and subterranean tunnels connecting rock, soul, pop, folk rock, R&B, garage, punk, funk, jazz, world music, and soundtracks from the twilight of the 1950s to the dawn of the 1970s. Larry Grogan is a DJ, writer, podcaster, collector, and the man behind Funky16Corners.

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Options February 6, 2019: Testify! The International House of Soul and Funk

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments
Funky16Corners  Testify! Intro   Options Best of Funky16Corners Volume One  Funky16Corners  2017  MP3   
Manu Dibango  Weya   Options Makossa Man  Atlantic  1972  LP  Cameroon 
Manu Dibango  Dikalo (Salt Popcorn)   Options 45RPM Single  Philips  1974  45  Cameroon 
Fela Anikulapo Kuti  Shakara (45 Edit)   Options 45RPM Single  Pathe/EMI  1972  45  Nigeria 
Masekela introducing Hedzoleh Soundz  Languta   Options 45RPM Single  Chisa/Blue Thumb  1973  45  Nigeria 
Osibisa  Ayiko Bia   Options Osibisa  Decca  1971  LP  Ghana, Grenada Trinidad, Antigua 
Lafayette Afro Rock Band  Hihache   Options 45RPM Single  Editions Makossa  1973  45  France 
20th Century Steel Band  Heaven And Hell Is On Earth   Options Warm Heart Cold Steel  Island  1975  LP  Trinidad 
20th Century Steel Band  Shaft   Options Warm Heart Cold Steel  Island  1975  LP  Trinidad 
New Bermuda Stealers  Soul Train   Options Life  Edmar  1974  LP  Bermuda 
Clarence Curvan  Feeling Nice   Options 45RPM Single  Charlies  1972  45  Trinidad 
Gemini Brass  Rock the Boat   Options 45RPM Single  Gemini  1974  45  Trinidad 
Winston Wright  Heads or Tails   Options 45RPM Single  Green Door  1971  45  Jamaica 
Memphis Black (Ingfried Hoffman)   Why Don't You Play The Organ Man   Options 45RPM Single  Ascot  1967  45  Germany 
Paul Nero  Soul Medley Number One   Options Nero's Soul Party  Liberty  1968  LP  Germany 
Andre Brasseur  The Duck   Options 45RPM Single  Palette  1968  45  Belgium 
Casey and the Pressure Group  Powerhouse   Options 45RPM Single  Wizdom  1970  45  Netherlands 
Les Charlots  Pas De Probleme   Options 45RPM Single  Vogue  1966  45  France 
Le Nilsmen  The Winston   Options 45RPM Single  RJR  1968  45  Sweden 
Mieko Hirota  On a Sorrowful Day   Options 45RPM Single  Columbia JP  1969  45  Japan 
Zainichi Funk  Kanpachi Funk   Options Zainichi Funk  P-Vine  2010  CD  Japan 
Adriano Celetano  La Unica Chance   Options 45RPM Single  Clan  1973  45  Italy 
Nanette Workman  Lady Marmalade   Options 45RPM Single  Pacha  1975  45  Quebec, CA 
Donald Seward   Studio B Funk   Options Donald Seward (L’Ex-Romain) À L’Orgue  Revolution  1969  LP  Quebec, CA 
El Comite  Pasame el Hacha   Options 45RPM Single  Microfon  1971  45  Uruguay 
Grupo Guerra 78  Soul Makossa   Options 45RPM Single  Discolando  1974  45  Venezuala 
Joe E Young and the Toniks  Dancing Man   Options Soul Buster  Toast  1968  LP  BWI working in the UK 
Ray Pereira  They Say   Options 45RPM Single  Columbia FR  1973  45  France 
Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers  I Gotta Go Now (Up On the Floor)   Options 45RPM Single  Like  1966  45   

Listener comments!

  10:01pm rw:

I'm ready to Testify!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01pm Gary:

Larry! Gonna listen as long as I can in bed tonight!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01pm Funky16Corners:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02pm chresti:

Howdy Larry and testifiers
Avatar 10:02pm Erica:

Hi I'm here for the funky music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02pm Funky16Corners:

Gary! Chresti!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:03pm Funky16Corners:

Hi Erica!
Avatar 10:03pm Jeff Ash:

Good evening from Wisconsin, where we're awaiting another winter storm overnight. So we need this heat!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:04pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06pm Folsom:

I must admit Testify and F16C really goes well when in the gym, keeps the spirits up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Folsom!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07pm fleep:

Greetings, Larry, way to start
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07pm Funky16Corners:

Avatar 10:09pm Erica:

Hi Folsom. I love your profile pic. Meow.
  10:13pm Matt from New Orleans:

Hey Larry. Love all you do. You got a typo. Fela not Feka.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:14pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Matt! I'll fix that!
  10:17pm Matt from New Orleans:

I’ve only listened to Fela’s albums so never heard the 45 cut before.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:18pm Funky16Corners:

Fela 45 edits are weird, considering most of the songs went a full album side.
Avatar 10:20pm Erica:

Never listened to Fela (until now) so I can't say that I agree or disagree.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:21pm Funky16Corners:

You'd have to hear his albums to get how the band stretched out over 15 or 20 minutes. It was really unusual and quite hypnotic
Avatar 10:22pm Franco Twinkie:

Larry! This got me up. Didn't Ginger Bakers Air Force do a cover of Ayiko Bia?
Avatar 10:23pm still b/p:

What I need is The International Soul and Funk Sound, because nothing else will do when a person couldn't find a useable utility knife to cut the cardboard to put in the recycle bin to make room in the basement to placate the landlord so he'll let me store an inherited kayak down there. Follow? Nothing else will do to shift the late evening back into the satisfaction lane.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24pm Funky16Corners:

Franco - I don't know, byt considering Ginger's affinity for Afro-funk, I wouldn't be surprised
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24pm Funky16Corners:

Hey SBP! There will be much cutting tonight!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:25pm Funky16Corners:

@FRanco - They did! www.discogs.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:27pm Folsom:

@SBP worst case you could cut a rug
Avatar 10:27pm Franco Twinkie:

Yup. That's the one I remember from my teens.
  10:29pm Matt from New Orleans:

This one is questionable Larry. These dudes are from Long Island.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29pm Funky16Corners:

They worked and recorded in France, but yes, started out as the Bobby Boyd Congress in the USA
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:31pm doctorjazz:

Hello Testifiers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:31pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Doc!
Avatar 10:31pm still b/p:

There's some boppity bouncing and modest moves and posing in this chair, but the rug itself is safe.
  10:33pm Matt from New Orleans:

I met a few of the guys in the band through MC Serch who I became friendly with while working at a friend’s parents video store on Long Island in the early 90s.
Avatar 10:37pm Erica:

Hey doc!
  10:38pm Matt from New Orleans:

I was an ignorant kid but MC Serch used to bring me music and I would hook him up with movies. Haven’t seen him in many many years after he left Long Island.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:40pm Funky16Corners:

I heard Serch call in to Howard Stern last year
  10:44pm Matt from New Orleans:

I also got to meet Nas while they were recording illmatic so I had no clue who he was until I saw his first video on MTV.
Avatar 10:45pm still b/p:

I saw a quick reference to Shaft about 5 minutes before this came on.
  10:47pm Matt from New Orleans:

Thus ends my random tangent on the Lafayette Afro rock band
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:48pm Funky16Corners:

I wonder if any of them are still playing in the NY area?
Avatar 10:50pm Franco Twinkie:

Soooooooul Train!
Avatar 10:51pm still b/p:

This Soul Train version is maybe the most enjoyable steel drum number I ever hoid.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:52pm Funky16Corners:

I'm always on the look out for LPs from the islands from the 70s. They usually have one or two cool covers on them
  10:54pm Dean:

I (rather, my parents) have this one from '67 after hearing them live at a local shopping mall: https://www.discogs.com/The-Esso-Trinidad-Steelband-On-Tour/master/943775
Avatar 10:55pm Franco Twinkie:

That was one rockin' shopping center, Dean.
Avatar 10:56pm Erica:

Apparently Gemini Brass have rocked the boat to the bottom of the sea.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:56pm Funky16Corners:

@Dean - I think Van Dyke Parks worked on one of their later records
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:57pm Funky16Corners:

@Erica - I believe this in the style of the big carnival street bands of Trinidad
  10:59pm Dean:

Liner notes on a 1971 LP: https://www.discogs.com/The-Esso-Trinidad-Steel-Band-Esso/release/2110450
Avatar 11:00pm Erica:

It was meant to be a joke Larry.
  11:00pm Dean:

Franco, I already mentioned to you that I saw a steel drum band--not Esso--at Fashion Square in La Habra long ago. The Esso appearance was elsewhere as I (vaguely) recall.
Avatar 11:03pm Franco Twinkie:

No matter, Dean. It's good shopping music where ever it was.
Avatar 11:04pm Erica:

Sounds like a remix.
Avatar 11:05pm Erica:

Like a predecessor to remixes that is.
  11:05pm Dean:

"Over there, Eric Clapton, ukulele."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:05pm Funky16Corners:

This whole album is a series of medleys like this
Avatar 11:06pm Franco Twinkie:

And Brainiac on banjo.
  11:06pm rw:

Fashion Square... Oh, yeah. I had forgotten. I think they were dismantling a Bullocks or something when we moved near there. Is it still called Fashion Square? Sometimes I forget I'm over a half century old.
  11:07pm rw:

But I'm a quarter century high.
Avatar 11:07pm Erica:

I'll have to check out Nero's Soul Party to see/hear the other medley's later Larry.
  11:08pm Dean:

Nope, rw. It's now a true strip mall, with a Ross, Chick-fil-A, Red Robin, Starbucks...you know the drill. No more Bullocks, Buffums, Magnin, and so forth.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:08pm Funky16Corners:

@Erica - It's a cool record, but over the course of the whole thing I ended up wishing for one or two whole songs all the way through
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09pm chresti:

I thought of Bonzo Dog Band's intro/outro, at the beginning of Soul Medley Number one
Avatar 11:09pm Franco Twinkie:

Dean, the original outdoor mall is gone, right?
  11:10pm rw:

FT, it's still there but has no resemblance to the original.
  11:10pm Dean:

However, it is notable as the first site of Krispy Kreme in California, the opening of which caused major traffic issues and got news attention at the time. That KK is now the CfA.

IIRC, the original mall, Franco, was indoor, turned outdoor. It's still outdoor, but no original retail remains.
Avatar 11:12pm Franco Twinkie:

I do remember getting 'Skull Fuck' by the Grateful Dead at that Bullocks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:18pm doctorjazz:

Filthy organ, don't know this Le Nilsman
  11:19pm Dean:

I remember buying a funky psychedelic coaster-shaped gizmo at I. Magnin. You rub your finger on it and the display oozes one way and the other, multi-colored and paisley. I still have it, somewhere.
  11:22pm Dean:

Rather, Joseph Magnin: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ocarchives/12443362844/in/photostream/
Avatar 11:23pm Franco Twinkie:

My favorite store at Fashion Square was the Sunset House, where you could actually see, and hold in your hand all the funny crap they would advertise in the back of Home Magazine.
  11:25pm Dean:

Ever make it Hair Boutique in Whittier? I was in junior high across the street when that joint was jumping. A head shop.
Avatar 11:26pm Franco Twinkie:

Kind of a jazzed-up mellow rip of Mellow Yellow. Nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:27pm Funky16Corners:

You can dig the groovy picture sleeve of the Mieko Hirota 45 here: funky16corners.wordpress.com...
Avatar 11:33pm Franco Twinkie:

No, but I do remember been in this record store on Whittier Blvd, and seen this odd record of Curtis Knight(?) and Jimi Hendrix playing in some cheezy lounge. Why I didn't but it, I can't say.
  11:34pm Dean:

Lovell's in La Habra? Music Plus in Whittier? If the latter, I mighta been at the register.
  11:36pm Matt from New Orleans:

I had been hoping for some William Onyeabor earlier when you were playing stuff from Africa
  11:36pm rw:

Funky, Funky16.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36pm fleep:

Avatar 11:37pm Franco Twinkie:

No, if I remember correctly, it was neither. Just a little under stocked joint that probably didn't last long.
  11:39pm ?:

Shoot, depending on the year, coulda been Hair Boutique!
  11:39pm Dean:

Avatar 11:41pm Franco Twinkie:

Maybe. 1971 or 1972.
  11:43pm Dean:

That'd fit. I was at the junior high '71-'73, when Hair was operating. Blacklight posters and such on the walls. Paraphernalia. Mighta had LPs.
  11:43pm Matt from New Orleans:

I’m surprised pass the hatchet got released in Uruguay. It was fairly obscure in the US.
Avatar 11:45pm Franco Twinkie:

Dean, how old are you?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:45pm Funky16Corners:

@Matt - Hang on for the break. I'll tell the story.
  11:46pm Dean:

Sixty this summer. My kids are young, so I kinda don't feel supernumerary.
Avatar 11:50pm Franco Twinkie:

Okay, I'm going to be sixty four this summer. It's doesn't matter now, but a few years made a difference back then.
Avatar 12:01am Erica:

That was a fast show. Goodnight everyone!
Avatar 12:01am Franco Twinkie:

Thank you Larry, always a pleasure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01am doctorjazz:

Thanks Larry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02am Funky16Corners:

Nite Erica, Franco!
  12:02am rw:

Thank you Mr. Corners! Take care kids!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02am Funky16Corners:

Nite Doc!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02am Funky16Corners:

Nite rw!
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